IT’S been reported bookies lost £30m on Boxing Day – I don’t imagine they’ll tell us how much they recouped over the last two days.
Over the festive season it’s definitely Bookies 2, Punters 1 but there’s not a lot I can do about my tips if all form goes out of the window.
Who would have thought Man City could chuck away a 2-0 lead at home to Burnley or expected MK Dons to follow their 7-0 defeat of Colchester by losing their next home game 3-0 to Walsall.
MK Dons beat the Top Treble while QPR downed the Super Single as they were held 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace.
After seven Super Single winners in a row I’ve tipped four successive losers – and believe me it’s not for the want of trying to land a winner and hopefully the tide will turn tonight.
After a hectic three days we’re faced with three quiet days before it all kicks off again on New Year’s Day. I’ve posted a separate preview on the Premier League’s only match between Liverpool and Swansea and I’m tipping the visitors not to lose.
In the Championship Fulham should beat managerless Brighton and attract at 13-10 with 10bet and bet365 but there are virtually no givens in the Championship.
Fulham have beaten the poorer sides they’ve faced recently and lost to the good ones – and Brighton obviously fall into the former category but have drawn their last two as they search for a replacement for flop boss Sami Hyppia.
Darren Bent looks set to miss the game for caretaker boss Nathan Jones after being injured in the draw with Reading on Boxing Day and defender Bruno will again be missing as he serves the second game of a three-match ban. Scotland defender Gordon Greer is still out but close to a comeback.
Fulham boss Kit Symons is expected to “freshen up his starting line-up” and that could work either way. Hopefully he won’t make too many changes and after five wins in seven in the league I’m taking the Cottagers ahead of Swansea DNB as the Super Single.
The Championship side look to me a concensus bet – by that I mean I haven’t seen any comment or tipster disagreeing while there are mixed feelings about the Liverpool game. I’ve read previews tipping the home, away, draw and draw no bet which shows how tough this one is to call.
In League One I would have been on Barnsley at home to off-form Oldham but that game has fallen victim to the weather.
The surviving League One match sees Yeovil tackle Orient and the home men’s squad is stretched to the limit. Gary Johnson couldn’t fill the bench for Friday’s defeat at Bristol City and and is likely to be missing Kevin Dawson, Joel Grant, Nathan Ralph, Jordan Clarke and Kieffer Moore.
Orient also have problems with Shaun Batt and keeper Adam Legzdins being injured in the Boxing Day win against Crawley. Striker Gianvito Plasmati has a hamstring injury and Darius Henderson and Lloyd James remain absent.
So it’s a difficult one to call and the best bet could be over 2.5 goals with the last four meetings at Huish Park going that way. You can have 1-1 with bet365, William Hill and others.
There’s not much on the go but I’m adding a draw no bet double that should be done for small stakes and only if you agree with the picks. I’m taking Swansea draw no bet and adding Sporting draw no bet in the Portuguese Cup at Vitoria Guimaraes.
Sporting look priced high at 10-11 with William Hill but I can’t see team news which will confirm whether they’re playing a full side but something might emerge later so at the moment I’m taking a chance with a 1pt bet.
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5pts Super Single
1pt Daily Double
Swansea DNB (8pm)
Sporting DNB (8pm)
(6-1, McBookie, BetVictor)